RS polls: Sonia meets Cong leaders in MP, Raj, Mah & Haryana

RS polls: Sonia meets Cong leaders in MP, Raj, Mah & Haryana

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New Delhi, March 9: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on monday met senior party leaders from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Haryana to decide on the party candidates for the Rajya Sabha candidates for the March 23 elections for 55 seats.

Sources said that the Congress president met Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Maharashtra state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat and Leader of Opposition in Haryana Assembly Bhupinder Singh Hooda to decide on the list of Rajya Sabha candidates for the March 23 election.

Talking to reporters after meeting Mrs Gandhi, Kamal nath said any decision on the party's nominees for Rajya Sabha polls would be taken unanimously. "All issues were discussed with the Congress president and everything will be resolved unanimously," he told reporters.

The Madhya Pradesh chief minister skirted the issue of whether senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia can be nominated for the Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

Of the 55 Upper House members who are retiring, , 13 are from the Congress.

Political observers said that party is expected to win two seats each from Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh, and one seat each from Haryana, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

In addition, the Congress is hopeful of winning one seat each from Bihar and Tamil Nadu.

Sources said that .the Congress is holding talks with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Bihar and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu for one Rajya Sabha seat from both the states. (UNI)